Rewind: McCain mocked nuclear safety in 2008

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, March 18, 2011 8:03 EDT
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With Japan in a desperate struggle to keep a series of nuclear reactors from total meltdown, the words “nuclear safety” have been on everyone’s lips.

But it wasn’t always this way: During the 2008 presidential campaigns, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took to mocking then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) for saying he would “consider” offshore drilling and that nuclear energy would need to be safe.

“Bla, bla, bla,” he said, eliciting cheers from a crowd gathered in Cedar Falls, IA.

Some 70 percent of Americans said they were worried about the safety of nuclear energy, according to a recent poll. That figure was up from just 57 percent a week before the Japanese quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

This video was broadcast by CNN on Oct. 25, 2008.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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